Cinnamon Sourdough Bread

I’ve been looking for a way to use up these rye flakes I had bought from Azure. As I was perusing online, I found this recipe that I thought looked promising. I decided to try it out with a few tweaks of my own. One could use oat flakes or barley flakes here in place of the rye if desired. Knowing the nutritional benefits of the ancient grain of rye, I just really wanted to incorporate it into our diet somehow! Here’s the recipe I came up with:

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Cinnamon Sourdough Bread

4 loaves

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups active sourdough starter (I left mine a little thinner this time for this recipe)
  • 4 cups raw dairy (or coconut milk)
  • 10 cups freshly milled spelt flour (or other organic flour of choice – the more gluten, the longer it should be allowed to ferment for maximum benefits)
  • 4 cups rye flakes
  • 2 Tb of real salt
  • 1 Tb baking soda
  • 2 Tb cinnamon
  • 4 Tb palm shortening or butter

Method:

  • Night before you’d like to bake it, mix together everything but the last 4 ingredients.
  • Knead in Bosch or mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Put mixture in fridge overnight (if using wheat, leave out on counter).
  • Next morning, knead in the last 4 ingredients until well combined.
  • Divide up into 4 pans, or dutch ovens.
  • Grease and dust pans (I use palm shortening and brown rice flour)
  • Allow to set for 2 hours until risen slightly.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 415 for 15 minutes.
  • Turn oven down to 350 and bake another 35 minutes.
  • Take out an allow to cool 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  • Enjoy!

Blood Pressure Lowered – Naturally

Recently a client of mine who is healing from a major health hurdle. The client’s blood pressure had gone way up and of course was prescribed drugs to bring it down. Since he/she did not want to use the drugs as a first choice, I suggested taking 2 teaspoons a day of the Green Pastures cod liver oil/butter oil blend daily to balance out his/her fats. Within a day of taking the cod liver oil, the blood pressure had gone done considerably. We expect it to continue to normal as his/her body continues to get the right fats to balance out his/her system. The K2 from the butter oil and synergistic combination of the D vitamin from the cod liver create quite the unstoppable duo. Praise God for simple solutions!

Baby’s 1st Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday to James! He turns 1 today. He has been such a blessing to our family with his sweet spirit and amiable personality. We decided to make him vanilla cupcakes, nourishing real food style with cream cheese frosting. For birthdays I typically use organic coconut flour with raw honey, but since I am out for the month, sprouted flour will be just fine. I also wait until baby is about 18 months old before introducing honey, so this recipe uses sucanat instead. In general, I try to use a lot less sugar than most recipes – even the “real food” ones. as to assist my children in developing a healthy palate for what sweet is sufficient for a body to handle efficiently and without recourse. Treats are just that – a treat and shouldn’t be the main event, nor should anyone be in a coma or hyper-active after enjoying. This way we can enjoy our treats daily – whether it’s a cookie after lunch, or homemade ice cream after dinner – and still be uncompromisingly nourished.

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Nourished Style Vanilla Cupcakes

makes about 26 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic butter
  • 1 tsp real salt
  • 3 TB GMO free baking powder
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 2/3 cup filtered water (or raw milk, or coconut milk)
  • 2 cups sucanat
  • dash of stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 2 TB vanilla extract
  • about 4 cups sprouted flour (each flour has its own texture and requires slightly different amounts of hydration, so just watch for a good cake batter consistency as you mix)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients to Blendtec (Vitamix) with wet ingredients first then dry.
  2. If not using a blender, melt oils and add all ingredients to a mixer and mix well.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 365 for 20-25 minutes (if you want them to rise, and 325 if you want them flat for frosting).
  4. Remove and allow to cool fully before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sucanat (I powder it in my Magic Bullet – 1 cup at a time)
  • dash of stevia
  • dash of pink salt
  • scant tsp of vanilla bean powder (I got mine from our Frontier buying club)
  • 2-4 TB goat milk, or any raw organic milk (using goat for the baby)

Method:

  1. Powder sucanat in Blendtec or Bullet – add 1 cup and let it run for 60 sec.
  2. Mix cream cheese and shortening.
  3. Add salt, stevia, and vanilla.
  4. Alternatively add milk and sugar until well combined.
  5. Allow to whip up at a higher speed until nice and fluffy.
  6. Keep refridgerated until ready to frost cupcakes.

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Mastitis Infection – Cleared in 2 days

I recently had a new mother client who developed mastitis. She had a high fever and felt sore. I suggested to following protocol: 5 drops of an essential oil blend like ProShield (by Ameo) or 7 drops of doTerra’s OnGuard (or one could make up the blend themselves with lemon, orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and oregano) in a capsule twice a day for 2 days; Epsom salt baths twice daily, lots of nursing, rest, liquids, clean diet with no sugar. She felt immediately better the first day and so went about and did a bit too much work, which resulted in her feeling awful by nightfall. I encouraged her to rest completely and follow the protocol. The following day she reported that she felt great and was so happy to have been able to conquer this naturally. Thank God for His provisions!

No Eye Surgery Needed!

Success ┬áStories – Praise God for Natural Healing

When I first began on my health journey, I came across a young couple who had just had their first son. He was about 6 months old when his mom noticed his eye being clouded and looking as though it was infected. It had a cloudy mucus (not to be too gross) that continually needed to be wiped. His mother had taken him to the pediatrician who claimed his tear duct to be blocked and would require surgery to open it up. When she told me her story, I felt compelled to help. I sought the advice of a naturopathic acquaintance and we both agreed there must be a parasite in the tear duct. Using the Harmonic Quad and an emergency blanket, we could kill the parasite and resolve the issue.

With the mother anxious to try anything but surgery for her little boy, we proceeded to use the quad and blanket. The Harmonic Quad works in a four part frequency that is in a range where parasites and pathogens cannot survive. After about 10 minutes of using the quad, the little boy’s eye began to run with clear tears. We were amazed! His tear duct was unclogged! He needed 2 sessions with the quad to completely eradicate the invaders. Successfully though, he never needed surgery and his tear duct has remained clear. Praise God!

Homemade Curry Powder

I adore curry! The various spices and their individual characteristics work so well together. I normally buy a mixed curry powder from Frontier. However, today I ran out. Since I had most of the spices on hand, the time to experiment with a curry mix had arrived. I added each of the following in parts into a jar and shook it real well. It would probably be better to mix it all in a bowl first then transfer to a jar. There are other possibilities of course, but here’s the mix in parts I used:

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Homemade Curry Powder

  • 1/4 part cayenne
  • 1/2 part paprika
  • 1/2 part mustard
  • 1/2 part nutmeg
  • 1 part coriander
  • 1 part cinnamon
  • 1 part cloves
  • 1 part cardamom
  • 2 parts cumin
  • 2 parts ginger
  • 2 parts turmeric
  • 3 parts fenugreek

This was enough for about a pint jar. For less spice, you could leave out the cayenne and just add it to your curry as you cook each time so you can control the heat. Enjoy!

Healing Superfood Bone Broth

Can you tell I think highly of homemade bone broth? I love it not only for its many nutritional benefits, but also because it is a such a neat way to use up all the loose odds and ends of my fridge and pantry. Today, I had lots of leftover apples that were too soft for anyone to like, and some squashes that everyone has had too much of. I threw those in there. I also had ordered some herbs from Frontier that were just a bit twiggy and nobody enjoyed them in a dish, but the flavor they impart to the broth is wonderful. For a full size bird or pot of bones, I use about a gallon of water, but since this bird was one of our previous laying hens and was rather small, I used a little over a half gallon. Here’s what I threw in the pot:

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(not so beautiful, but it sure will be!)

Ingredients

  • bones – from pastured animals or grass-fed ones – today it was 1 small bird
  • 1/2 -1 gallon of filtered water – today it was 1/2 gallon
  • 1 Tb Real Salt or Pink salt
  • 1 Tb organic soy sauce
  • 1/2 lemon peels
  • 5 garlic clove peels
  • 1/2 Tb peppercorns
  • 1/2 Tb cardamom pods
  • 3″ strip of ginger and turmeric, chopped
  • 3 turnips, chopped (leave tops on)
  • 3 carrots, chopped (leave tops on)
  • 1 Tb astralagus (optional, or use any superfood/roots/mushrooms – we have even picked mushrooms from our forested area and thrown those in there; of course it helps to have a guide who can show you what to eat and what not to – it is one of my dad’s hobbies, so he helped me out while here visiting.)
  • 5 apple shavings, no seeds
  • small handful of herbs – I used Winter Savory, and Herbs de Provence

Method

  1. Throw all ingredients into a large stockpot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat to a low simmer and allow to cook for 4-9 hours.
  4. Strain out everything.
  5. Use remaining broth for soup, cooking rice or beans, or freeze in quart sized servings.

Enjoy!